Invitation: Smart Urban Energy – Discover Otaniemi! 10.6.2021

To whom?
– Urban Energy Ecosystem actors
– To accelerate Urban Energy Ecosystems Services uptake
– Strengthen collaboration within and with Otaniemi innovation ecosystem

Join the event to discuss this hot topic together with industry experts, researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers. In the event you will also hear some of the latest findings from novel Smart Energy research. The event is free of charge.

Register here:

Smart Urban Energy  Discover Otaniemi!
10.6.2021 at 14:00 – 17:00 (EEST)
Zoom & Howspace



  • Pasi Laitala, Director of Sustainable development at City of Espoo
  • Janne Laine, Vice President, Innovation, at Aalto University
  • Erja Turunen, Executive Vice President, Smart industry and energy systems at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Jari Jokinen, CEO, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK


  • CO2 emission reductions with sector coupling of electricity and district heat, Matti Lehtonen, Professor, Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering at Aalto University
  • Aalto Center for Autonomous Systems and Aalto Autonomous Car, Ville Kyrki, Associate Professor, Intelligent Mobile Machines, Aalto University
  • Practical tools to solve the last mile challenge of decarbonisation, Antti Arasto, Vice President, Industrial energy and hydrogen at VTT


  • Helena Sarén, Head of Smart Energy at Business Finland and Chairperson at Nordic Energy Research
  • Ecosystems: from Value Creation to Value Capture, Sari Kola, Entrepreneur and co-author of Ecosystem Handbook,


  • Aalto Works Bloc: low-carbon heating and cooling system, Antti Säynäjoki, Development Manager, Aalto University Campus & Real Estate
  • How to build sustainable and resilient energy networks, Simo Säynevirta, Vice President, Digital Lead, ABB
  • LuxTurrim5G ecosystem for Smart Urban Energy, Juha Salmelin, Ecosystem Leader at Nokia
  • Sustainable Energy Positive & Zero Carbon Communities (SPARCS): Elina Wanne, Development manager, Sustainability, City of Espoo


  • City of Espoo • Tampereen kaupungin kasvupalvelut • Oulu Startup Incubator Oy • EnergyVaasa • Lappeenranta Greenreality


  • Smart Otaniemi 2.0, hosted by Sanna Öörni, Co-Creation Manager at VTT and Tatu Koljonen, Executive in Residence at Aalto University
  • Sustainable City of Espoo – Building ecosystems together, hosted by Mari Päätalo, Development Manager, Sustainability, City of Espoo
  • Aalto EIT Services, hosted by EIT experts and project managers Zoltan Javor and Petri Allekotte
  • Aalto Startup Center’s Ecosystem, Marika Paakkala, Head of Aalto Startup Center 
  • TEK – Community of  Professionals, hosted by Jussi-Pekka Teini, Engineering Sustainability at Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK


  • Introduction by Samuel Cross, Manager for Energy, Aalto Networking Platform
  •  Clean Heat Otaniemi challenge
    • Books like it Hot! Tony Salomaa, M.Sc. student, Aalto University
    • SolarVenue – Heat in the moment, Doctoral student Tero Koivunen, M.Sc. Irina Safonova, and M.Sc. student Abhishek Dahiya, Aalto University
  • Helsinki Energy Challenge – Beyond Fossils, Tomi J. Lindroos, Senior scientist, VTT



FACILITATORS: Sami Kazi, VTT and Elina Wanne, City of Espoo

With this event, free of charge, we want to get you access to new knowledge, practical experiences, contacts and collaboration opportunities. Not to forget new creative insights it may trigger!

Register here:

Event page on Facebook:

The event is jointly organized by City of Espoo, 6Aika: Ecosystems of Growth-project, Business Espoo, Enter Espoo, Aalto University, Aalto Networking Platform, Aalto Startup Center, Aalto EIT Services, Aalto Design Factory, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Smart Otaniemi, Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK, Urban Mill Innovation Platform and CRESCENDO@CC project. Producer: Urban Mill Innovation Platform, Otaniemi, Betonimiehenkuja 3E, 02150 Espoo, Finland.

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Open Call: Synbio Power Pitch 2021 dl 10.6.

From our partner network:

Biotechnology innovations for a circular bioeconomy – Harnessing the world’s underutilized waste streams with microbes

Microbes are well adapted to use various waste streams as feedstock to produce fuels, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials. Using the tools of synthetic biology we can further enhance this capability in applications on an industrial scale.

We invite companies, students and researchers from all over the world to participate in the SynbioPower Pitch 2021. This year’s challenge is to find innovative ways to use biological feedstock and waste streams into added-value products, using the tools of synthetic biology and biotechnology. 

We are looking for early and more mature ideas, startups and more mature companies to participate in the call (DL 10.6.). Simple and fast to apply.

Apply from here:

We are studying volume and maturity of Finnish synbio/biotech deal flow. We are currently studying the possibility and making plans for a synbio-focused early fund. We need to show the deal flow to understand the feasibility. Therefore, please, apply so that we shall become aware of your case. (Do not mind the maturity of your case and do not disclose confidential information).

The top cases will be selected for coaching and mentoring and feedback and providing connections from June to Sep/Oct. The jury consists of among others Perttu Koskinen (Neste), Rasmus Pinomaa (Kemira), Miika Mähönen (HMD Global), Janne Mieck (European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, Juha Lindfros (Lifeline Ventures). The jury will  select finalists for the final. The final synbio power pitch will happen during Slush 1.12. You have a good opportunity to showcase your idea/company. There is also a small award of 5000 e for the winner of the final. We have also a few Slush tickets for 2.12. to share for the finalists. The final will be a hybrid one – remote & face-to-face (if possible). You can choose how you participate if you are selected among finalists.  


Apply to Aalto University’s 5G Hack the Mall summer course

From Urban Mill’s partner network:

Are you interested in being a pioneer in a global technology with only a limited number of experts available? What even is 5G and what can be done with it?

The leading summer course on 5G, is now available for experts of all fields, for free. The course is organised as a virtual intensive course on weekdays from 7 to 18 June 2021. The course is organised by Start North, Aalto University and the FITech Universities.

There is a global high demand for understanding in a revolutionary technology, as 5G will impact the society in a whole new way. The course is worth 6 ECTS credits, accredited by Aalto University. We aim for multidiscipline-based learning during the course, combining expertise of all fields. We hope to see you as a part of our course! Prior knowledge on 5G is not required. During the course, you will learn about 5G technology and key applications such as autonomous cars, extended reality content and artificial intelligence. 

As part of the course, students work as groups towards a project work for a leading company or an organisation on how it can leverage 5G technology in its operations. The need is real, as 5G technology makes unprecedented performance and efficiency possible. A good project is not only technical, it should include user-centric design, business-orientation, sustainability measures and solutions to societal issues.

Got interested? Learn more and register below!

Johdatus 3D-kaupunkimalleihin 25.-26.5.2021

Tiedote kumppaniverkostostamme:

Tervetuloa mukaan ESR-Kaos -hankkeen tarjoamaan ilmaiseen kaksipäiväiseen koulutukseen 3D-kaupunkimallinnuksen perusteista Zoomissa tiistaina 25.5. klo 9.00 –12.30 ja keskiviikkona 26.5. Klo 9.00 – 12.30

Voit osallistua koulutukseen molempina päivinä tai vain toisena, kiinnostuksesi ja aikataulusi mukaan. Paikkoja on rajoitetusti, joten ilmoittauduthan pian. Lisätietoja tästä koulutuksesta on saatavilla hankkeen verkkosivuilla, jossa myös koulutuksen ilmoittautuminen on avattu:


  • Haluat tietää, mihin ja miten nykyisiä 3D-kaupunkimalleja voidaan hyödyntää sekä millaisia 3D-kaupunkimallit tällä hetkellä ovat.
  • Olet kuullut puhuttavan kaupunkimalleista, mutta haluaisit tietää niistä lisää ja oppia kaupunkimallinnuksen perusperiaatteita.
  • Sinun ei tarvitse olla paikkatiedon asiantuntija eikä sinulla tarvitse olla paikkatietoalan koulutusta.
  • Voit olla joko julkisella sektorilla, elinkeinoelämässä, työnhakija tai esimerkiksi opiskelija.
  • Sinun ei tarvitse olla tietoteknisesti orientoitunut eikä sinulla tarvitse olla IT-alan koulutusta/kokemusta.


25.5.2021 klo 9-12:30

3D-kaupunkimallinnuksen nykytila & perusteet

  • Rakennetun ympäristön 3D-mallinnuksen tapoja ja niiden yhteys 3D-kaupunkimalleihin
  • Kaupunkimallien merkitys yhteiskunnassa ja kaupunkikehittämisessä
  • Kaupunkimallien tuotannossa yleisesti käytetyt tausta-aineistot
  • Kaupungin näkökulma
    3D-kaupunkimallinnukseen – case Helsinki 3D+

26.5.2021 klo 9-12:30

Työkalut, sovellusesimerkit &

  • Miten ympäristön 3D-kartoitus kehittyy?
  • Miten 3D-kaupunkimallinnus kehittyy?
  • 3D-kaupunkimallit viestinnän työkaluna osallistumisessa
  • Kaupunkimallien & 3D-paikkatiedon rooli kaupunkien luonnon ekosysteemipalveluiden hallinnassa
  • Puheenvuoroja suomalaisilta alan yrityksilltä

Ilmoittaudu koulutukseen tästä:

Kaupunkimallien Osaamispääoman Kehittäminen 6Aika-kaupungeissa (KAOS) -hanke

Welcome to PdP Product Design Gala 2021 on May 21st

From our partner Aalto Design Factory:

PRODUCT DESIGN GALA | FRIDAY 21.5.2021 at 9:00-17:00 (EEST)

This year’s gala will be organised as a digital only event. 10 prototypes will be showcased by the student teams. The online platform will open on the Monday 10th of May, while the gala itself will be held on Friday 21st of May.

What does this mean?

Well having the platform open well in advance allows visitors to see what presentations, project booths and other activities there are on the platform. You will be able to see all of our students, their profiles, their expertise and which project they belong to. This way visitors can preplan their Gala Day schedule have more effective use of their time.

Register here:

For 24 years, PDP has brought students of business, design, technology, and science together to tackle industry challenges and develop state of the art solutions to real industry problems. At the Product Design Gala 2021, you’ll get to witness and experience these awesome projects.

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Wappua 2021 ei ole peruttu!

Aalto-yliopiston ylioppilaskunta AYY ilmoittaa, että riemukkain ja riehakkain aika vuodesta on täällä! 

”Vaikka emme pääsekään juhlimaan wappua fyysisesti yhdessä perinteiseen tapaan, on wappu ainutlaatuista ja perinteikästä aikaa Aalto-yhteisössä. Juhlikaamme opiskelijayhteisöä, tulevaa kesää ja ilon juhlaa! Kokoontukaamme etätapahtumiin, pukekaamme haalarit päälle niin kotona kuin lenkkipolulla ja painakaamme lakit päähän aattona.”

Tutustu Otaniemen wapun tapahtumakirjoon AYY:n wirallisella wappusivustolla:

Urban Millin väki toivottaa tämän kuvan kera Hauskaa Wappua kaikille!

Kuva ja kuvankäsittely: Lars Miikki

Why the Bioeconomy Needs Synthetic Biology – Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem Annual Event 29.9.2021

From our partner network:

Synbio Powerhouse Ecosystem Annual Event:
Why the Bioeconomy needs Synthetic Biology
29.9.2021 at 13:00 – 16:30 (EET)

Registration link

Welcome to Synbio Powerhouse annual event 29.9.2021!

This year the Synbio Powerhouse annual seminar will explore the symbiosis of synthetic biology and the circular bioeconomy. Microbes are uniquely capable to utilise bio waste as feedstock. With the tools of synthetic biology we are able to engineer the microbes to efficiently convert the waste into useful products such as biomaterials, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

Biotechnology can help us achieve a truly sustainable use of biomass derived from agriculture, forest or food industry. What could be done, what is needed and how should we move forward? Join us to discuss this hot topic together with industry experts, researchers and policy makers. In our event you will also hear some of the latest finding from novel synbio research.

What is possible, what is needed and how should we move forward – join us for a discussion with industry experts, researchers and policy makers. In this event you will also hear some of the latest findings from novel synbio research.

Preliminary program:
– Waste as feedstock
– Biosynthetic production
– Novel Synbio Research

This seminar is part of the official program of the European Biotech week 28.9-1.10.2021.

Do you have an innovative idea within Sustainable nutrition – applications to Greenhouse idea accelerator are accepted until March 31.

Invitation by Lantmännen in co-operation with Urban Mill: 

How can we challenge the way we produce and eat food to resolve two of the world’s most urgent problems: climate change and increasing health issues?

We are facing major challenges, both in terms of the way we produce food and how we consume it. Our planet must feed a growing population, and at the same time sustainability challenges and health problems related to the food we put on our plates are increasing globally. A development that we at Lantmännen are convinced that we can change. Together.

Do you have fresh insight on sustainable nutrition to complement our expertise? An excellent idea for a new plant-based product? An unexplored solution for using manufacturing process sidestreams adding value to more healthier products? Maybe a business model to change consumer behavior towards more sustainable way? Or maybe a breakthrough insight for oat or wholegrain?  

Take the chance and apply to the Greenhouse now! Application period ends 31st of March 2021.

More information:

Startup Grind: Virtual Fireside Chat with Angel Investor, Reima Linnanvirta 31st March 2021

Invitation from our partner network

WHAT: Virtual Fireside Chat with Angel Investor, Reima Linnanvirta
WHEN: Wednesday 31st March 2021 at 5:00 pm (EEST)
WHERE:The event is FREE and can be joined ONLINE
HOW: Register to join


As a startup, you might be wondering:
– How does Angel Investing work?
– What does an Angel investor look out for in startups?
– What metrics are important and how can you attract a great Angel Investor to your startup?

We will be hosting Reima Linnanvirta who will be sharing his experience as an Angel Investor.

Reima Linnanvirta is an angel investor and chairman of the board at the Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN). He invests in early-stage startups, especially in B2B software and SaaS. With over 20 companies in the portfolio, including Cambri, Innovestor, and OGOship. He recently made his latest exit with which was sold to Kahoot!

Startup Grind is the world’s largest community of startups, founders, innovators, and creators. We bring like-minded yet diverse individuals together to connect, learn, teach, help, build, and belong. We do this daily through our local events, flagship conferences, startup programpartnerships, and online media + content – collectively reaching over 3.5 million individuals worldwide. For more information:

TEK: Tervetuloa Future-Proof Engineering Education -webinaariin 13.4.2021

Kumppanimme TEK tiedottaa:

Tervetuloa keskustelemaan tekniikan alan yliopistokoulutuksen tulevaisuudesta TEKin ja alan yliopistojen kanssa #FPEE2021-webinaariin!

Viime vuonna yliopistot joutuivat muokkaamaan vakiintuneita toimintatapojaan pandemian vuoksi. Opiskelu muuttui radikaalisti. Tutkimusten mukaan opiskelijoiden hyvinvointi ja jaksaminen muuttuvat huolestuttavista hälyttäviksi.

Tervetuloa keskustelemaan hyvinvoinnista ja koronan vaikutuksista opetukseen sekä tekniikan alan yliopistokoulutuksen muista ajankohtaisista kysymyksistä TEKin ja tekniikan alan yliopistojen kanssa. Tilaisuudessa julkistetaan myös TEKin ja tekniikan alan yliopistojen yhteisen TEK Graduate Survey -palautekyselyn tulokset vuodelta 2020.

Aika: tiistai 13.4.2021 klo 12-15
Paikka: Webinaari

Tapahtuman kieli on suomi.
Tapahtuman sivu:

Ilmoittaudu mukaan tästä

12.00 Tilaisuuden avaus, Marja Sutela, koulutuksen vararehtori, Tampereen yliopisto
12.10 Koronan vaikutukset tekniikan alan yliopistoissa, Kati Isoaho, arviointiasiantuntija, KARVI
12.50 TEK Graduate Survey 2020: Näkyykö koronavuosi valmistuneiden palautteissa? Arttu Piri, analyytikko, TEK
13.20 Tauko 
13.30 Yliopisto-opiskelijoiden hyvinvointi korona-aikana, Katariina Salmela-Aro, professori, Helsingin yliopisto
14.20 Kommenttipuheenvuorot
Vili Sipilä, hallituksen jäsen, TREY
Laura Arpiainen, professori, Aalto-yliopisto
14.50 Lopetus, Esa Räsänen, koulutusvaradekaani, Tampereen yliopisto

Tilaisuudessa julkistetaan myös TEKin ja tekniikan alan yliopistojen yhteisen TEK Graduate Survey -palautekyselyn tulokset vuodelta 2020.